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Smart Grid Foundations

Sept 12-13, 2012

S&C Electric Company

Chicago, IL


Smart Grid Foundations
September 12-13, 2012
Presented by Robert Dicke
A successful Smart Grid deployment requires the involvement of most utility departments. Each of these departments has specialized expertise but need help understanding how all the departmental pieces fit together. This course, offered by the IEEE Power and Energy Society, provides an overview of Distribution Infrastructure, The need for System Protection and Protection Coordination, SCADA and DNP3, Data Networking (Ethernet, IP, etc.), Radio Systems, and Distribution Automation. The goal is to provide a better understanding of how these departments fit together in the Smart Grid environment, and to provide a foundation for building additional knowledge in these areas.

Utility personnel and managers interested in gaining a broader understanding of networking, communication and other various technologies that enable today's smart grid solutions. This course provides a basic overview of the various aspects that comprise the smart grid, and will enable utility professionals who have an understanding of a particular aspect to see how all the pieces fit together.


Course starts at 8:30AM each day and concludes at 4:30PM on day one and at 2:30PM on day two. Lunch and snacks are provided. 

Topics covered in the course include:

Distribution Utility Basics
  • Generation
  • Bulk Power Transmission
  • Sub Transmission
  • Distribution lines
  • Connection to the house
  • Smart Grid
System Protection & Protection Coordination
  • Why should an electrical system be protected?
  • How can the system be protected?
  • Coordination of Protection Elements
  • Introduction to DCADA Systems
  • DNP3
  • SCADA Demo with a DNP3 Test Set
Data Networking (Ethernet, IP, Etc.)
  • OSI 7-Layer Model
  • Basics of Networking
  • What is a Network?
  • Why Network?
  • Ethernet
  • TCP/IP and UDP/IP
RF Systems
  • Common Network Protocols
  • Planning and Managing your Network
  • Network Security
  • Troubleshooting
  • RF Terminology — Spectrum, Antenna Types, Power Measurement, Safety
  • Troubleshooting
  • On the Air Radio Survey
Distribution Automation
  • The Self-Healing Grid
  • Central vs. Distributed Intelligence
  • Teams of Controls as Building Blocks
  • IntelliTEAM SG Features
  • Operational Theory
  • Loss of Voltage (LOV) Demo
  • Fault Demo 
This course is eligible for 1.2 CEU or 12 PDH continuing education credits.
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